Hit-and-run driver traced

2016-03-11 12:00
Well-known Libra Motors owner Lorenzo Franceschi was killed on Saturday morning after a vehicle crashed into him while he was riding his motorbike.

Well-known Libra Motors owner Lorenzo Franceschi was killed on Saturday morning after a vehicle crashed into him while he was riding his motorbike. (Facebook)

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Pietermaritzburg - The driver of a car alleged to have hit and killed well-known Pietermaritzburg Libra Motors owner Lorenzo Franceschi has been identified.

Franceshci was killed two weeks ago while he was on his motorbike at the intersection of Peter Kerchhoff (Chapel) and Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) streets.

A few days later, CCTV footage captured by Safe City Pietermaritzburg was viewed and showed a black Jeep Compass speeding down Chief Albert Luthuli street shortly after Franceschi was killed.

- Read more: Hit-and-run killer caught on CCTV

Franceschi’s son, Giovanni Franceschi, 19, then hired a private investigator who managed to get a partial number plate reading.

On Thursday, the vehicle that was allegedly being driven when it hit Lorenzo was recovered, said a source close to the investigation.

Giovanni said the vehicle had been recovered in Edendale and that the identity of the driver was known to him, the private investigator and the police.

“I feel I have a bit of closure but I will only be okay when this guy is found and put behind bars,” said Giovanni.

He thanked all those involved in the recovery of the vehicle and those currently hunting for the driver, who Giovanni said was on the run.

“People have been very supportive. I am coping, especially with the help of my family,” he said.

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